It's a busy time of year in sports, and more sports fans than ever before are playing along with their favorite teams at legal USA sportsbooks across the country. Whether you live somewhere that recently legalized U.S. sports betting or just haven't gotten around to trying it yet, there is no better way to be on sports than sites like Caesars Sportsbook. The only things you need to know are key sports betting terms and sports betting lingo and you will be able to wager like a pro. We've put a sports betting guide together to help you get started.

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Sports book betting guide, glossary, terms

Before you play, make sure you know the common betting terms you'll see. There are dozens of ways to bet on sports, and this handy sports betting guide can help you figure out what some of the most popular sports betting terminology means.

Money line: Hockey fans can wager on games with this method. If Winnipeg is listed as a -200 favorite against Ottawa, you'd need to bet $200 to return $100 on Winnipeg to win. If Winnipeg is listed as a +200 underdog against Ottawa, that side would return $200 on a $100 bet if it wins.

Outright: This popular betting style requires you to simply pick one athlete to win an entire sporting event. This sports betting method is very often used for wagering on golf tournaments, car races and title fights.

Prop bet: A prop bet is a very popular bet on an outcome other than the final score of a game, and often focuses on a single athlete's performance. Popular player props include how many three-point shots a basketball player will make or how assists a hockey player will tally.

Against the spread: This should be your go-to method for wagering on the football playoffs right now. If Kansas City is listed as the 7.5-point favorite against Cincinnati, that side must win by 8 points or more to cover the spread. Cincinnati can cover the spread as the 7.5-point underdog by winning outright or losing by 7 or fewer to cover.

Push: If neither team in a game can cover the spread, it is considered a type of "tie" called a push. If Dallas closes as a three-point favorite against Tampa Bay and then wins 27-24, neither team can cover and all bets on the spread are returned.

Teaser: This betting style helps you cover the spread by diminishing the risk. If your two favorite football teams are seven-point favorites and you are unsure if they will cover their spreads, you can use a six-point teaser to drop each team to a -1 favorite and only need two points to cover.

Parlay: This high-risk, high-reward betting method involves two or more sides on one wager and all sides must win for the bet to be a winner. A $100 bet on a four-team parlay at 11-1 odds could return $1,100, but that is only if all four sides win. If three or fewer sides win, the bet is a loser.

Over-Under: Basketball rules this time of year, as is this corresponding betting style. If a sportsbook sets the Over/Under for a game between Milwaukee and Los Angeles is set at 210, you wager whether you think the final score will be over or under 210.

Futures: Sportsbooks don't limit you to betting on games that are happening right this minute. You can also place a futures bet, which is a wager placed on a sporting event well into the future. While baseball season is still a couple of months away, you can place a futures bet now on which teams you think will win their division next season.

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